As part of research work, students are contributing to build a bibliography of existing published literature about the City of Coventry. While this will be useful for our learning, we hope it will also be a valuable resource to others interested in the historical and contemporary city. To this end we will add small annotations as a guide. Please remember, the University of Warwick library is open to the public for reference use and details of physical holdings and their availability can be followed from the links.
We would love to hear further suggestions of existing discussion which might be added to our list.
Coventry: Overall History
McGrory, D. (2003). A History of Coventry. Phillimore. [Library Record].
Walters, P. (2013). The Sory of Coventry. The History Press. [Kobo, e-book].
Coventry: Medieval History
Demidowicz, G. (2013). From Queen Street to Little Park, Coventry: The Failure of the Medieval Suburb in Cheylesmore Park and its Transformation into the Little Park. Midland History, 37(1). [Online].
Flemming, P. (2011). Coventry and the Wars of the Roses. Dugdale Society in association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. [Library Record].
Goddard, R. (2006). Commercial contraction and urban decline in fifteenth-century Coventry. The Dugdale Society in association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. [Library Record].
Harris, M. D. (1911). The Story of Coventry - Medieval Towns. J. M. Dent. [Library Record].
Kasabova, E., & Sundaram, U. (2014). An institutional account of governance structures in early modern business history: the Coventry business (hi)story. Business History, 56(4), 592–622. [Online].
Very useful account of the economic growth of the city. Highlights how multiple governance structures, including more market and statists institutions, shaped the economic history of the city from creation and through the medieval period. Religious, political, and economic influences of the time were instrumental in the evolution and development of merchant and craft guilds as powerful institutional forces over a period of 300 years. The impact of these influences was primarily felt in the spatialisation of the city’s urban spread, its formation into two distinct halves – the Prior’s Half and the Earl’s Half – each with its own evolving business and economic models, stitutional structures, and regulatory governance mechanisms. However, it was the unification of the city under the Priory that gave more general develop its characteristics as both pro-business and institutionally supported development. The account also covers the interactions between local and national governance.
Hulton, M. (1995). True as Coventry Blue. The Coventry Branch of the Historical Association, 21.
Liddy, C. (2012). Urban politics and material culture at the end of the Middle Ages: the Coventry tapestry in St Mary's Hall. Urban History, 39(2), 203-224. [Online].
Lilly, K. D (2013). Urban Design in Medieval Coventry: The Planning of Much and Little Park Street Within the Earl of Chester's Fee. Midland History, 23(1), 1-12. [Online].
Monckton, L. & Morris R. (Eds.) (2007). Coventry : medieval art, architecture and archaeology in the city and its vicinity. British Archaeological Association. Conference (2007 : Coventry University). [Library Record].
Soden, I. (2005). Coventry: The hidden history. Tempus. [Library Record].
Based on 40 years of excavation, this is a comprehensive history of Coventry, which looks in particular at its spectacular economic growth from Saxon times to become, by the fourteenth century, one of the foremost cities of medieval England.
Soden, I. (Ed.) (2002). True as Coventry blue: papers presented to Margaret Rylatt, City Archaeologist, Coventry 1973-2000. [Library Record].
Coventry: Early 20th Century
Hunt, C. J. (2003). Alice Arnold of Coventry: Trade unionism and municipal politics 1919-1939. Phd Thesis. Coventry University. [Online].
Beaven, B. & Griffiths, J. (2004). Urban Elites, Socialists and Notions of Citizenship in an Industrial Boomtown: Coventry, c.1870-1914. Labour History Review, 69(1), 3-18. [Online].
Stephens, W. B., (E.d.) (1969). A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 8, the City of Coventry and Borough of Warwick. An account of the topography, economy, architecture and political and religious life of Coventry and the Borough of Warwick. Victoria County History - Warwickshire. Originally published by Victoria County History, London. [Online].
Searby,P. (1977). Coventry in crisis 1858-1863: ribbon factory, free trade and strike. Historical Association, Coventry Branch. [Library Record].
Coventry: Post War History
Barnett, N. 92015). ‘No protection against the H-bomb’: press and popular reactions to the Coventry civil defence controversy, 1954. Cold War History, 15(3). [Online].
Campbell, L. (2007) Paper dream city/modern monument: Donald Gibson and Coventry. In: Boyd Whyte, Iain, (ed.) Man-made future: planning, education and design in mid-twentieth-century Britain. London ; New York: Routledge, pp. 121-144. [Online].
Campbell, L. (1992). Towards a New Cathedral: The Competition for Coventry Cathedral 1950–51. Architectural History, 35, 208-234. [Online].
Couperus, S. (2015). Experimental Planning after the Blitz. Non-governmental Planning Initiatives and Post-war Reconstruction in Coventry and Rotterdam, 1940-1955. Journal of Modern European History, 13(4). [Online].
Ewart, H. (2011). 'Coventry Irish': Community, Class, Culture and Narrative in the Formation of a Migrant Identity, 1940–1970. Midland History 36(2). [Online].
Fair, Alastair (2011). 'A new image of the living theatre': the Genesis and Design of the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 1948-58. Architectural History History, 54, 347-382. [Online].
Gould, J., & Gould C. (2016). Coventry The making of a modern city 1939–73. [Online].
A very detailed account of the physical planning of Coventry between the 1930s and early 1970s.
Hasegawa, Junichi (1989). The replanning of the blitzed city centre in Britain: a comparative study of Bristol, Coventry and Southampton, 1941-1950. PhD thesis, University of Warwick. [Online].
Hewitt, K. (1983). Place Annihilation: Area Bombing and the Fate of Urban Places City centre redevelopment: An evaluation of alternative approaches. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 73(2). [Online].
Hinton, J. (1980). Coventry Communism: A Study of Factory Politics in the Second World War. History Workshop 10. [Online].
Hitchcox, R (2015). 'A New Way of Living in Allesley Village', Oral History Project and Site Specific Performance 11-14th September 2014. [webpage].
Hubbard, P. 92010). Memorials to Modernity? Public art in the 'city of the future. Landscape Research, 28(2). [Online].
Hunt C. (2003). Alice Arnold of Coventry : trade unionism and municipal politics 1919-1939. PhD Thesis. Coventry University. [Online].
Mason, T., & Tiratsoo, N. (2015). People, politics and planning: The reconstruction of coventry's city centre, 1940-53. In: Diefendorf, J.M. (Ed.), Rebuilding Europe's Bombed Cities. Elsevier B.V. [Online].
A insightful account of the post war reconstruction of Coventry, with special reference to the interactions between local ambitions and national politics.
Selina Todd (2015). Phoenix Rising: Working-Class Life and Urban Reconstruction, c. 1945–1967. Journal of British Studies, 54, 679–702 [Online].
Shirley G. Trafford & Bill Hanna (1977). The Coventry experience. Built Environment Quarterly, 3(2), Theme: Industrial waste disposal, 147-150 [Online].
Smith, Adrian (2002). Cars, Cricket and Alf Smith: The Place of Works-based Sports and Social Clubs in the Life of Mid-Twentieth-Century Coventry. [Online].
Tiratsoo, M. (2008). The reconstruction of blitzed British cities, 1945–55: Myths and reality. Contemporary British history, 14(1), 27-44. [Online].
General article about British post war reconstruction, outlining the many drivers and overturning the argument that planners imposed reconstruction on the people.
Tiratsoo, M.(1990). Reconstruction, Affluence and Labour Politics: Coventry, 1945-1960. Routledge. [Library Record].
This is an excellent account of the post war reconstruction and development of Coventry, explaining the economic and political context that shaped this key part of Coventry's history.
Leonard, Marion (2005). Performing identities: music and dance in the Irish communities of Coventry and Liverpool. [Online].
The Coventry Factor: Philip Larkin and John Hewitt. [Online].
McClarence (2001). That's enough Larkin about. The Guardian. [Online].
The Larkin Trail. Coventry City Council. [Online].
Smith, Adrian (2014). City of Coventry. London: I.B Tauris. [Online].
This book has some interesting material on the culture of the city, such as work-based social clubs and sports, and the influence of Coventry on poetry and wartime propaganda films.
Coventry: Food, Nutrition Health
Clucas, Marie (2009). Researching Irish health inequalities in England: A case study of first and second generation Irish men and women in Coventry. PhD thesis, University of Warwick. [Online].
Faherty (2017). Working together to reduce health inequalities in the Marmot City of Coventry. NCNI Primary Health Care, 27(2). [Online].
Coventry: Urban Ecology
Charlesworth, S.M & Lees, J. A. (1999). Distance—Decline patterns in heavy metal contamination of soils and plants in Birmingham, England. Chemosphere, 39(5). [online].
Littlemore, J. & Barker, S. (2001). The ecological response of forest ground flora and soils to experimental trampling in British urban woodlands. Urban Ecosystems, 5(4). [online].
McDonald, A. et al. (2007). Quantifying the effect of urban tree planting on concentrations and depositions of PM10 in two UK conurbations. Atmospheric Environment, 41(38). [online].
Snep, R. et al. (2006). How peri-urban areas can strengthen animal populations within cities: A modeling approach. Biological Conservation, 127(3). [online].
Jackson, G. (2003). The Jewish community in Coventry 1194-1994. Coventry Jewish Community. [Library Record].
Coventry: Cars and Engineering
Thornley, N. (2002). Jaguar in Coventry: Building the legend. Breedon. [Library Record].
Redknap, B. (2002). Engineering the development of Coventry. Coventry Branch of the Historical Association, 26. [Library Record].
Beavan, B. (2013), The Growth and Significance Of The Coventry Car Component Industry, 1895–1914. Midland History, 18(1). [Online].
Beaven, B. (1996). Reconstructing the business community: the case of the Coventry motor industry, 1896- 1939. Business Archives: Sources and History. [Online].